Shira Banki

Shira Banki died on August 2.

She died of the stab wounds inflicted on her by a religious fanatic at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade three days before.

Stuart Winer at the Times of Israel has more.

Banki’s family said that their daughter was killed because of her tolerant views. They also indicated they place some blame on the police for not preventing the killer, Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, from reaching the parade.

“Our wonderful Shira was murdered because of the fact that she was a happy 16-year-old girl, full of life and love, who came to support the rights of her friends and every person to live in their own way,” Banki’s family said in a statement. “For no reason, and because of the wickedness of stupidity and carelessness, our precious flower’s life was cut.”

At the Leyada school where Banki studied her friends gathered to meet with counselors and social workers as they talked about their slain classmate.

Nadav Harobi, who tutored Banki, spoke of the teen’s vigor for volunteer work and social activism.

“I will remember her all my life,” Harobi told the Ynet news site. “She was a smart girl, critical in the best sense of the word. She was sharp, she volunteered a lot in her life. She was active and rose against any discrimination. She was a person who liked to live, cheerful, caring. This is an immense loss for Shira’s good friends, as well as for me.”

Shira Banki, in a picture dated November 16, 2013, taken from her Facebook page.

A 2013 photo from her Facebook page

I don’t think the world is better off without Shira Banki in it.

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